The Beatles are so relevant, even after 60 years!

This time is nothing like one could ever imagine. When you will be sharing the stories to the next generation about how a virus created havoc around the world and people were lockdown in their houses, I am sure they will not relate to it much. This situation is really depressing but the life has to go one, so whatever keeps you happy, motivated and engaged you must try. More than ever, and many would agree, this pandemic has reminded us how powerful music can be and how much solace can some good songs provide. And when we are talking about music, which is the most talked about band in the history – The Beatles. I am listening to them more than ever and can’t get enough of them.

I was not an avid Beatles fan earlier and never had heard the albums in entirety. Thanks to the movie Yesterday (2019), I was introduced to a lot of Beatles songs. The movie is so beautiful that I watched it multiple time and that was when the Beatles grew all over me. I started exploring the band properly, reading a lot about how it was formed and what was it like to produce such great music and how they grew over the years. The more I explore, the more I listen, the more interested I get into the band and it’s Beatles all over my mind these days. Their catalogue is so wide, diverse and so relatable that there is something for every mood, every situation. The lyrics is easy and simple to remember, the music is melodic and very rhythmic and not to forget very experimental. They have in a way influenced most of the band on the planet, influenced bands which influenced other band and so on.

Himesh Patel in Yesterday (2019)
Yesterday(2019) movie, about only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles

There is no best Beatles song

The other day I was browsing the internet and found few websites which rank Beatles songs, for ex – RollingStone, Vulture etc. As per RollingStone, the song Hello, Goodbye, which appears on the album Magical Mystery Tour(1967), is the last song in the list. Can you even digest that? I love this song a lot. It’s on my every Beatles playlist and RollingStone says it is the 100th best song according to them. There is a way to look at it – the Beatles have such a super sexy catalog that there are 99 songs better than this great song. Similarly, the Vulture ranks When I’m Sixty Four from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) at 103, which is again pointless. So, one thing is clear that it is really pointless to rank the Beatles songs. To me, there are no best Beatles songs, all of the Beatles catalog is amazing and one should try to listen to all of the songs.

There is no best Beatles

instruments used on sgt. pepper

The band was perfect in many sense. You can love Lennon for his voice and the kind of music he wrote, you can love Paul for his discipline, for his great sense of melody, but when you look at the Beatles as a band, you do not identify them from these individual people, rather everyone is as great as others. The songs which Harrison wrote were no less great than any of the Paul’s and Lennon’s songs. Frank Sinatra was particularly impressed with Something, from the album, Abbey Road (1969), calling it “the greatest love song of the past 50 years”. Then there are other songs from George as While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes the Sun which are no less great than any other Beatles song. Ringo’s drumming, no doubt, was way ahead of its time. He was incredible behind the drums, a totally fulfilling fourth member of the band.

The Beatles are still so relevant

One thing about Beatles which make them great is that they experimented a lot. In a small span of 8 years, they did so much. They took time to rethink the methods which were failing for them. They stopped their live performances and started focusing on creating amazing music and thankfully it resulted in more awesome Beatles songs and as a result we have the greatest albums of all times. Their lyrics are so relatable as they touch upon different aspects of life – love and romance, hardships of life, politics, spiritual and many more. They are loved by different generations alike, the old folks love them, the young folks love them, everyone loves them. It’s no wonder why they are the most influential band of all time and why they are still so so relevant even after 60 years. When you listen to the song Lovely Rita, from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) you will notice that Tame Impala, one of the modern successful psychedelic pop bands, is inspired from the Beatles a lot. I am not sure they have ever mentioned it or not, but we know a little bit of Beatles is everywhere.

Enjoy this one!

1Custom Junior – The New Detail King!

Recently when I visited Jaben Store in Singapore, the much-beloved Uncle Wilson provided me a unit of a new triple driver IEM to review. When I used the IEM for the very first time, I was left awestruck with the quality of sound. After spending a good amount of time I am so mesmerized by the details the iem renders.

This new iem is 1Custom Junior. It is a triple driver hybrid IEM with 1DD and 2BA configuration where the earpieces have MMCX connection.

The main highlight of this bud is it has custom tuning switches at the back of both the earpieces which you can use to switch the tuning profile as per your need and taste.

Disclaimer-

I got the unit for the purpose of review only and is provided to me by JABEN Singapore, in return for my unbiased review.

Please note that I am not associated with JABEN by any means and my review is going to be my personal opinion about the IEM and not affected by JABEN by any means. You can buy a pair for yourself here.

Build Quality –

In terms of build quality, the pair is very nicely built, even though the earpieces are made up of plastic, the plastic is of great quality and you will feel it has a great built. The product feels well finished and build quality looks good enough to be comparable to those of IEM’s like the Moondrop Kanas pro despite being whole plastic body.

The IEM has custom tuning buttons on the backside of both of the earpieces, which we can use to change the tuning a bit according to our taste and need for music which we will mention during the sound quality part discussion.

The earpieces are in the shape of earplugs and sit nicely in my ears, the fit is just outstanding, they just won’t fall out of your ears even while running or working out or whatsoever, please note that I prefer over-ear style for wearing my earpieces.

Sound Quality –

In terms of sound quality, I was really impressed by the details and smoothness of sound it produced. The Sound is actually U shaped with thumpy bass response, detailed mids and smooth treble response. There is no harshness of any kind to treble or any other frequency, the soundstage feels wide enough and there are good details in instruments being played.

One can easily recognize different instruments being played even in fast songs, the instrument separation really makes the sound feel brilliant.

 

Let’s discuss the different aspects of the sound frequency range.

Lows –

1Custom Junior has really good thumps and bass response, the amount of sub-bass is also adequate and one won’t be disappointed in terms of bass response.

And the best part is none of the basses overlap the details in mids, I tried the song Thriller by Michael Jackson and all the music details and vocals everything was clear with no background noise through my Hiby R6.

Mids –

Even though the tuning of sound is U shaped here, mids are so detailed and crisp one won’t feel them laid back by any means.

Vocal based songs like the Acoustic session by Boyce Avenue feel full with life and shine brilliantly here, Heartbreak Warfare by John Mayer is also a good listen here with amazing music and brilliant vocals. Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice sounds very beautiful too.

Highs –

The treble response is well controlled and again well detailed here, Drums in Digital Bath by Deftones sound brilliant and mesmerizing here.

I am thoroughly impressed by the IEM’s response and music production, in Another brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd the music and vocals feel lively and forward.

There is no harshness or sibilance in the treble region, none of the music feels peaky or harsh to the ears.

Other songs which I tried – 

Yosi Horikawa: Bubbles
The Who: Baba O’ Riley
Sara K: Miles Away
Tingvall Trio: Vattensaga
Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble: Teufelsleiter
Radiohead (OK Computer): Exit Music (For a Film)
Funkadelic: Maggot Brain
Led Zeppelin: Since I’ve Been Loving You

Custom Tuning Switches –

There are several tuning options in the IEM’s available at the back of both the earpieces.

And a piece of cardboard is also enclosed with the package showing different tuning options available with the IEM.

I personally tried all the three options available for tuning, and to my ears, the sound tuning change is around 5% from the original sound.

When I tuned for bass response, the bass increase was not much or overpowering than the basic tuning from the bud and hardly a 4-5% increase in the depths of thumps.

Similarly when I tuned for vocals or details the overall increase in the said department was around 4-5%, but overall the IEM’s basically is brilliantly detailed in every department.

To be very honest the tuning portion is just a mere gimmick and there is not much difference noticeable. This whole tuning is not required when the iem sounds already so great.

Soundstage and Instrument Separation –

Even though the earpieces are closed container design, the soundstage is adequately wide and enough for most of the songs, even for binaural tracks by Yosi Horikawa the soundstage feels amazing.

And thanks to the brilliant detailing of the IEM, the instrument separation is really good even for quick death metal songs by Death and Opeth.

Also, it’s closed container design, the earpieces seal the ears well and there is no noise leakage of any kind even on higher volumes and noise isolation is good too, you won’t be able to listen to your environment and will be enjoying your music easily.

Final Verdict –

1Custom Junior is a great value for its price. To me, it surpasses many iems easily, in its price bracket. I compared with different iems – Fiio FH5, Moondrop Kanas Pro, Campfire Audio Polaris and oBravo Cupid.

Give a silver cable to JR., and it will kick out most of the iems from the room. The bass is more stable and clear. The instrument separation goes to a different level and the mids and lows start shining. It easily outperforms FH5, Kanas Pro and Polaris. And there I made a very bold statement. The bass is more sorted on JR. than in Polaris. Kanas Pro, which is a sweet-sounding iem does not match the details of JR. FH5’s heavy bass and highs are again not as much smooth and detailed as the JR’s. oBravo Cupid is still the next level monster. Nothing can beat it in its price range.

To me, JR is an instant favorite. I hope people do try it and see for themselves how worthy they are. I am very excited to try out the other high end iems from 1Custom.

 

Picture courtesy: My friend’s Website

Psycho,Groupie,Cocaine,Crazy. Go.

Last weekend I was way too excited. Weekends are more often a general reason but this time one more reason that a rock performance was going on in our college was pumping a great dose of excitement in me. I with my friends spend nearly 12 hrs in that 2 days competition where near about 15 teams had participated. We found ourselves lucky as we had never thought to encounter such stupendous performances by students of our ages. Some performances were so breathtaking that we could do nothing but only look at them and begged our eyes not to blink even once. The prelims were so great that we had to attend the finals unquestionably. Seven teams, rather I would call them, “the prophets of rock and metal” made their ways to the finals. All these teams were divinely talented and the audience was expecting very much.

The finals went for about 2 hrs but when did it pass no one could figure out. One band performed Metallica’s Enter Sandman which was surely the best performance of the night. It was such a stellar performance played with such a great panache that left audience frenzied. We were banging our heads and shouting our guts out. S.O.A.D’s psycho was played by three bands and all indistinguishably superb.

Then at last was the magnanimous performance by the guest band send by the Roland. They played GNR and Iron Maiden so impeccably that we were just enchanted. The winners were announced after that. We returned to our hostels very contented thanking all those who made the show possible and feeling sorry for those sloths who could not attend it.